• Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Psychology, 2002
  • B.A., Northwestern University, Psychology, 1995


  • 2018 – Present: Professor, University of Oregon
  • 2011 – 2018: Associate Professor, University of Oregon
  • 2004 – 2011: Assistant Professor, University of Oregon
  • 2002 – 2004: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Stanford University

SPSP Service

  • Awards Committee, 2018-2020
  • Member-at-Large, 2014-2016
  • Program Committee Co-Chair, 2013-2014
  • Program Committee, 2009

Selected Other Service

  • President, Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science, 2019
  • Executive Committee, Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science, 2017-2019
  • Diversity Committee, Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science, 2017-present
  • Co-host, The Black Goat podcast, 2017-present
  • Acting Head, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Fall 2016
  • Associate Editor, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2013-2015
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Association for Research in Personality, 2007-2009

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Fellow
  • Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science
  • Association for Research in Personality

Teaching and Research Interests

I study how people form impressions of one another and communicate about reputations; how personality, emotions, and mental health are manifested in behavior in both face-to-face and online social environments; and how personality develops over the lifespan. I have also been active in efforts to improve methods and practices in psychology. This is grounded in my belief that an ongoing process of self-reflective engagement and improvement is vital to a healthy science. I love bringing this perspective and knowledge to students through my teaching – I want to help them learn not just what we know, but how we know it. Toward this end, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in scientific critical thinking, research methods, open science, statistics, and personality and social psychology.